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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

RIDERS RELEASE 2017 SCHEDULE

TORONTO - Quarterback Darian Durant won't have to wait long to face his former team.

Durant will make his Montreal debut June 22 when the Alouettes kick off the 2017 CFL regular season at home against Saskatchewan. Durant signed a three-year deal last month with the Alouettes, who acquired his rights from the Roughriders.


Durant spent 11 seasons with Saskatchewan and led the franchise to the 2013 Grey Cup title. He also guided the Riders to the CFL title game in 2009 and 2010, losing both times to Montreal.

Durant, 34, has appeared in 155 career CFL games and thrown for 28,136 yards with 149 TDs. He has also run for 2,888 yards on 369 carries (7.8-yard average) with 21 touchdowns.

Last season, the native of Florence, S.C., completed 290 of 431 passes (69.4 per cent) for 3,468 yards with 14 TDs. He added 274 yards rushing on 51 carries (5.3-yard average) with five touchdowns.

Durant will mark his return to Regina when Montreal visits the Riders on Oct. 27.

A Grey Cup rematch will highlight action June 23 with Ottawa hosting Calgary at TD Place. The Redblacks stunned the favoured Stampeders 39-33 in overtime to secure the CFL championship in just their third season of operation.

It also marked Ottawa's first Grey Cup title since 1976. But the Redblacks will begin their championship defence with Trevor Harris under centre as game MVP Henry Burris retired in the off-season.

The Edmonton Eskimos will visit the B.C. Lions on June 24 with the opening week of action concluding June 25 with the Toronto Argonauts hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Winnipeg will have an opening-week bye and plays its first game in Regina on July 1, the Riders' first home contest at the new Mosaic Stadium.

The Blue Bombers' first home game at Investors Group Field will be July 7 versus Calgary.

The traditional Labour Day weekend matchups kick off Aug. 31 with Ottawa visiting Montreal. Winnipeg faces Saskatchewan on Sept. 3 with Edmonton tangling with Calgary and Hamilton hosting Toronto in a doubleheader Sept. 4.

The East and West semifinals will take place Nov. 12 with the conference finals set for the following weekend. The 105th Grey Cup game will be played Nov. 26 in Ottawa.

(CP)

21 comments:

Rudyman said...

Boy are we going to be sick of WPG and vice versa..

Anonymous said...

Pretty much all night games, makes it tougher for out of town fans. I live in Regina and appreciate the dedication of the fans who travel long distances for the games.

Anonymous said...

Our schedule looks good, but whats with those idiots at the cfl giving Ottawa their by weeks on weeks 18 & 20 how is this fair? I am a rider fan, but this is nuts! What if this happened to the riders

Anonymous said...

too many night games for out of town season ticket holders.

Keith Pottruff said...

Ottawa also has a bye in week 6 (but two games in week 5). It's just one of the quirks of having an uneven number of teams. Glad the Riders don't sit out week 1 again.

Anonymous said...

R Nation calls the shots now! REDBLACKS of Ottawa the defending GC Champions now the head of the class. The rest of the CFL just a bunch of basement dwelling pretenders until further notice. R Nation rules!

Anonymous said...

There are some flaws in the sked for many teams, just like every season. But as for all night home games, the team makes more money on these games.

Handy Andy said...

The schedule makers should be fired ... Saskatchewan's byes are both in the first half of the season and Ottawa has byes in Weeks 18 and 20? Oh my goodness ... Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

Ottawa has a bye week in weeks 6, 18, and 20. That is because they play two games during Week 5. That is why they have three bye weeks.

Anonymous said...

Good, Roddy can FINALLY take a vacation in the summer (twice in weeks 4 and 9)

Anonymous said...

The problem with this schedule is that if we don't find a QB the bombers may have more wins in the new stadium than we do at the end of 2017.

Anonymous said...

Boy do I hope the Riders go into Montreal and the defence just beats the stuffing out of Durant game 1.

Hit him so often he sees ghosts for the rest of the year!

Anonymous said...

Doubtful.

George Porge said...

Calgary gets a bye in weeks 8, 16, and 21!

Anonymous said...

With 9 teams it's hard to make the schedule perfect. All teams are consulted and have input on what they would like to see for their home games. So it's not like the schedule comes out and the teams already don't know for the most part. Tougher for out of town fans to attend night games, but the Riders (and most teams) make more money, and I've been to Saturday afternoon games where the fans at times don't seem to be as in it as a night game. The thing that struck me is that after Labour Day there are only 3 Sunday's where there is a CFL game. League finally woke up and realized they can't compete with the NFL. Makes sense to have most games on Friday and Saturday.

Anonymous said...

You are a sick individual. What is your problem that has made you do spiteful?

Bill Fuller said...

"Boy do I hope the Riders go into Montreal and the defence just beats the stuffing out of Durant game 1."

"Hit him so often he sees ghosts for the rest of the year!"

WHY WOULD THIS JERK SAY THAT ?
Probably 3 weeks ago you were after Jones head for not signing Durant and now you are ignorant as hell saying what you just did.
Darian Durant had many good years here and of course some bad ones as well as any other QB does. But to throw him under the Bus like you just did is not called for at all. I suppose you say the same about Dressler, Chick and so on. Your NOT A RIDER FAN. Your just another S### Disturber and we don't need anymore of those on here .

Anonymous said...

Is it not possible for Durant to be injured during training camp or in pre-season games? But hey, he will still get his $400K. What a sweet deal!! Good on him!!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be ironic if the Riders were the only game Durant played all year after he went down with an undisclosed injury in the first game?

Anonymous said...

Wouldnt it be ironic if Durant leads the Als back to grey cup contention, and the Riders miss the playoffs again due to lack of talent and leadership at the QB position?

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be ironic if the Bombers win more games in the new stadium than the Riders?